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UBC Robson Square

800 Robson St

Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7


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The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), in collaboration with entrepreneurship@UBC, are giving British Columbia companies a chance to hear from expert advisors about growing your company and seeking US-based venture capital funding. The US-based investors and corporate executives will share their insights on the challenges and opportunities available through US expansion.

In addition, a limited number of companies will be selected for 30-minute private meetings with one of the two experienced CTA advisors. Both advisors support the TCS’s Canadian Tech Accelerators (CTA) which provides high-potential companies with access to coaching, mentors, specialized workshops and events, and introductions to potential partners, clients and investors through market immersion programs in New York, Boston and Silicon Valley. Details about the mentors and how to apply for a 1-on-1 meeting are below.


8:30 - 9:00 – Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:15Panel Discussion with Adrian van Haaften, Anna Garcia and Chris Barrett Business Development at Visual Capitalist

10:15 - 11:00Networking

13:00 - 16:001-on-1 Mentor Meetings with Selected Companies


This event is for scaling tech companies interested in learning about how to scale and expand in the U.S. Participating companies will also have a chance to speak with a Trade Commissioner about how our network can support your global growth.The panel discussion is open to all companies while the 1-on-1 are limited to companies that apply and meet our requirements.


The registration page also includes application questions for companies seeking a 1-on-1 meeting. Getting to meet with a CTA Mentor is a competitive process. We are looking for innovative Canadian tech companies that already have market traction in Canada with a well-developed technology product or service. We will assess on the following:

  • Management team experience

  • Product market fit – how differentiated the company is from its competitors

  • Traction in the marketplace – how far along the company is. Has atl east an MVP, and quantifiable evidence for maturity in the form of investment, number of users or sales.

  • Potential to scale – does the company have the logistics, finances and capability to scale at a high rate

What if I just want to attend the event without having a 1-on-1 with an advisor? Great! Select the "General Admission - NO 1-on-1 Meeting" option below.

What happens if I don't get selected for a 1-on-1 meeting? Too bad! But come out for the event anyway. There will be great content and we'll have a chat with you about future opportunities for you to access global advisors through the Trade Commissioner Service.

How does scheduling for mentor meetings work? Once you submit your application, we'll review and get back to at maximum a week before the event. We'll also give you a few timeslots to choose from.

Note that registration information provided on this page will be shared with the TCS, e@UBC, and Adrian van Haaften and Anna Garcia.


Adrian van Haaften

Adrian van Haaften is a San Francisco Bay Area-based technology entrepreneur with 20 years of operating experience leading and scaling go to market strategy at startup ventures ranging in size from 5 to 5,000 employees.

Adrian specializes in guiding technology companies through the full commercial business planning and strategy process, from defining product > market fit, marketing, sales and partnership strategy, to US market entry, fundraising and acquisition.

Raised in Vancouver, Adrian has been instrumental in helping over a dozen companies achieve successful M&A outcomes, including a NASDAQ IPO.

Anna Garcia

Anna Garcia has been an active member of the New York’s startup eco-system since 2013 as an angel investor and mentor to three accelerators: ERA, Barclays/Techstars and Canadian Technology Accelerator. Prior to entering venture capital, Anna spent 17 years in financial services and held senior roles at Merrill Lynch, Jefferies and JP Morgan in the areas of capital markets, investment banking and asset management. Anna ran a top-ranked fixed income origination and hedging business at Merrill Lynch during most of her Wall Street career. She left banking to found AGM Ventures and focus on early stage investing and startup advisory full time. Anna’s notable investments include Primary, Owlet, Culinary Agents, Trumid and Liveoak Technologies. Staying true to her financial services background, Anna closely follows the developments in fintech.

Anna was born in Russia, lived in England and Denmark and ultimately moved to Canada before commencing her career in NYC. She is a global citizen and loves languages, food and travel. She is a holistic health enthusiast and a hot yoga devotee.


The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) will provide you with on-the-ground intelligence and practical advice on foreign markets to help you make better, more timely and cost-effective decisions in order to achieve your goals abroad.

e@UBC is a UBC initiative that maximizes the number of successful ventures launched by UBC students, researchers, faculty members, alumni and staff. Harnessing the strength of UBC’s educational resources, extensive networks, subject-matter experts, world-class facilities and funding, the initiative aims to bolster the entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports emerging ventures as well as foster links with the wider business community.

The program begins by educating founders on entrepreneurship and venture creation and culminates with the HATCH accelerator, which focuses on UBC ventures that are ready to bring their product to market and grow their business. HATCH provides 30+ ventures with the support and facilities needed to perfect their offering and gives them the opportunity to be eligible for seed and concept funding.

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